Ambitious renovations and developments are underway to create a visitor destination unlike any other, at Raby Castle.

The Rising is due to be completed in spring 2024 and will include reimagined walled gardens, restored heritage buildings, stylish shopping and new Vinery Restaurant showcasing local produce. 

Aerial view of Raby Castle, Park and Gardens on a sunny day in County Durham.

Opening in spring 2024, Raby Castle will bring an exciting new visitor experience to the home of Lord and Lady Barnard in the captivating Durham Dales. Known as The Rising, this next chapter in the castle's fascinating history will be the largest development in generations. 

The Rising combines Raby’s rich history as the home of one of Britain’s most notorious plots - the Rising of the North, with the promise of growth, energy and ambition, which will provide visitors with a unique experience set within the scenic countryside of the Durham Dales.

CGI of what the historic buildings at The Rising development will look like

Hidden historic places brought back to life

Historic and iconic buildings previously hidden from view have been renovated and repurposed to create elegant retail space, a stylish restaurant and magnificent event and exhibition spaces, all intertwined with beautifully landscaped meandering walkways to create the perfect day out. 

Visitors will receive a warm welcome at The Round House, a newly constructed building that will be a ticketing and information reception where visitors can discover all that can be enjoyed at Raby Park, Gardens and Castle as well as the wider Estate including High Force Waterfall.

The building takes inspiration from a simple but beautiful field barn sited close to the castle. Its surroundings are all tied together by landscaped gardens designed by award-winning North Yorkshire based Alistair Baldwin.

CGI of what the Rising development of the walled garden at Raby Castle will look like

The historic listed buildings known as The Dutch Barn and The Riding School, previously hidden from the public view, were originally the working buildings servicing the ancient Castle but had fallen out of use over a century ago. Over the past two years they have now been lovingly restored using traditional skills and materials sourced from the estate. 

The magnificent Grade II* listed the Coach House, designed by renowned architect John Carr in the 18th century will now offer a free-to-enter exhibition to allow visitors to delve deeper into Raby's rich history and surrounding picturesque Teesdale landscape. 

The redesigned East Garden at Raby Castle's Walled Garden on a bright sunny day.

Reimagined Walled Garden

The historic 18th century Walled Garden has been remodelled by world renowned designer Luciano Giubbilei alongside Lady Barnard. They have created a stunning five-acre romantic scheme to celebrate the Walled Garden's existing features, including the famous sculptural yew hedges. 

The Walled Garden comprises the East, Formal and West Gardens as well as a new grass amphitheatre set in the lower part of the East Garden which will host a programme of outdoor productions. A beautiful place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy all year round.

CGI image of what the new Vinery Restaurant at Raby Castle's The Rising will look like.

A newly designed glasshouse, The Vinery Restaurant, modelled on the original which stood in the same spot, will seat over 200 people and offer panoramic views across the High Vinery Garden and Raby Castle beyond. The Vinery Restaurant will offer locally sourced ingredients from across the estate and a menu for all to enjoy. 

Raby Castle is bringing a destination with a difference to the North of England where visitors of every generation can discover Durham’s thrilling past and promising future.

For further information on The Rising visit Raby Castle's website.  




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